US Manga ReviewFred Perry, and it's published by Antarctic Press. Rates for "All Readers".
It's roughly a spin off of Perry's original Gold Digger comic series. In his comic there are these specialized A.I. robots called Peebos, and three have their personalities based on the their creator, Brianna Diggers; and her two sisters. The Peebo Manga is a stand alone spin-off meant for laughs. It follows the three main Peebos; Perbri, Peegi, and Peebrit; on their goofy little adventures from the perspective of these A.I. robots. It's read in the left to right form. It's black and white, and drawn in a traditional Japanese 4koma style. On rare occasions there may be more panels.
Another big plus is that you can enjoy this book on it's own. Without ever reading a single Gold Digger comic this is based upon. This is all about the in the moment comedy and watching these robots up to some mischief. Normally, with Peebri being the cause. She is the series Konata.
The Bad Here is where the bad comes in to play. While this may have the same height and width of your average manga. It's in the depth that it's slightly lacking. Your average manga is nearly 200 pages. This manga is 140 pages. The original list price on the book is $9.99 USD. I originally bought it on Amazon a few years ago, but I couldn't find it on the site now. It is still available on Antarctic Press' website in the store section for $10.95 USD. One of the down sides of coming from a smaller publishing company is that series often have smaller runs.
Verdict 3.5/5Azumanga Daioh or Lucky Star. The gags are short, funny, and have an over riding theme.
Understand that I really enjoy reading this manga, but the availability of it really hurts the rating. It it rather hard to rate this book. I almost want to make this a 4, but I feel I really need to go with a 3.5 out of 5.
A real big plus is that if you are even the least bit curious, but just not sure if you want to risk the purchase, there is an extended preview of this manga on the Antarctic Press website in the "Online Comic" section.
If this review has gotten you interested in this US based manga artist. You can also check out the free mini comics he made for his blog. One is another spin-off his Gold Digger series, Northern Edge; and another is based on his own adventures playing Final Fantasy XI online, called LvL UP. In LvL UP he makes some great Dragon Ball Z and Gurren Lagann references. Just see hisComic Vine profile for his website if you want to check out those free comics.
- Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.